The series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter ran from 2002 until 2005. The "Hennessy" family of five from Michigan have a crazy family life. "Paul", the family´s father, tries to keep his two teenage daughters, "Bridget" and "Kerry", under control. His son "Rory" also presents a challenge as well as his wife "Cate", who has decided to return to her job as a nurse.
John Ritter slipped into the role of family man "Paul Hennessy" back in 2002. After his wife "Cate" returns to her job at the hospital, "Paul" is stuck with all of his three kids. The working journalist tries to keep his kids under control, but his children seem to present a challenge. He starts to work from home, which gives "Paul" more time to get involved in his daughter´s relationships.
During the rehearsals for 8 Simple Rules, Ritter reported having painful chest cramps which quickly landed him in the hospital. It was there where he passed away due to aortic dissection on September 11, 2003. He was 54 old.
After Paul Ritter´s death, the series decided to convey his sudden passing in the show. In the second season of 8 Simple Rules, the family now has to deal with the sudden death of the head of the family.
Katey Sagal took on the role of "Cate Hennessy", who as their mother, was taking care of the kids before returning to her job as a nurse. She tries to help the struggling "Paul" with the kids.
Katey Sagal won international fame playing the role as "Peggy Bundy" in the series Married... With Children. She was able to secure the role in the drama series Sons of Anarchy. Sagal still gets along with the cast of 8 Simple Rules, especially with former cast member Kaley Cuoco. Check out the next slide for the cast family reunion...
Even today, the 8 Simple Rules cast still keep in touch and meet up regularly. You can see that all of them have really grown up since the show! Check out the next few slides to see what the "Hennessy" children are up to today...
Martin Spanjers played the role of the hyperactive son "Rory" who had a passion for poisonous animals and caused chaos in the household.
Martin was never really able to secure another main role after 8 Simple Rules ended. He had a number of minor roles in shows like Grey´s Anatomy, True Blood and 90210. Let´s find out what his series sisters are up to in the next few slides...
Amy Davidson (r.) played the younger of the two "Hennessy" sisters. "Carrie" is always called "Carrie-bear" by her father and is her sister´s complete opposite.
Fun Fact: Amy played the role of younger sister "Kerry", but in real life Kaley Cuoco is actually 6 years older than her.
Amy Davidson´s career slowed down quite a bit after the end of the series. Of course she was able to secure one or two other minor roles, but when it comes to leading roles, Davidson has gone silent. She was last seen in Battle Scars back in 2016. She gave birth to her first son in March of 2016.
Kaley Cuoco played the role of eldest daughter "Bridget Hennessy". In love and never home were some of the traits that "Bridget" was known for. She always had to lie to her dad in order to meet up with boys.
Kaley Cuoco was only 17 when she took on the role of "Bridget" in 8 Simple Rules. Directly after the series ended, she was able to secure a role in the series Charmed. Now she is known for a completely different role as "Penny" from the hit television series, The Big Bang Theory.
8 Simple Rules was a very successful sitcom which received dozens of nominations and awards throughout the course of it´s lifespan. The series' greatest achievement was winning the People´s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy series!